Dili ko tagagensan pero kabalo na ko magbisaya.
My former staff would sometimes cringe at my bisaya because it is, as they say in tagalog, sintonado. I learned to speak Bisaya in less than a yea. I think at 3 months I already comprehended the language but could not really put a decent sentence together. Now, I am proud to be speaking Bisaya for 4 years now.
I had to learn it. I was lucky enough to get a job one month after I got to Gensan. Being in the hotel and restaurant industry all my working life, I knew that it was necessary for me to speak the language if I wanted to be good in my work. I am glad of the support my former workmates gave by not speaking to me in Tagalog and being patient in teaching me Bisaya.
Learning Bisaya is such a gift. It makes you connect with the Generals and even with people you randomly meet when you travel who happen to speak Bisaya. Now I know Ilocano, Pangasinense and Bisaya. (Damn, I wish I honed my French!)
So if you are in a place where the language is alien to you, I suggest you learn the local language. Definitely makes life a lot easier!